How to Study in Canada I Step 2: Select the Right Institution

How to Study in Canada I Step 2: Select the Right Institution

January 3, 2020 5 By Kody Olson


– So, you want to make sure that you’re picking
that right neighborhood that offers you all those sort of things, so that living is just a bit more fun. (ring of a bell) – Hey, it’s Zee here. Thanks for dropping by for the
second video for the series “How to apply for universities
and colleges in Canada.” Now, why should you be
watching this video? Many of you would just rather
hire a consultant to do it, but here is what it is: Watching my videos will help
you become more knowledgeable about the whole immigration process, so that agencies won’t be
able to take advantage of you and scam you by, by
charging any extra money for things that are really simple. So in today’s video I’ll be
talking about four things: 1. Factors that are important to deciding on the right institution. Selecting your program of study. Know the important terms,
and funds, and cost. First, the factors that are important to deciding on which university or college you should go to. Stop looking at rankings. Take it from me, it doesn’t
matter a single bit. We usually think the
better the university, the better my career will be. Not necessarily. A big mistake that students make while choosing their university is look at rankings of the
universities or colleges. It really doesn’t matter if you’re going to the top university, or even the 170th ranked university. It’s really about the opportunities that you get exposed to, and your efforts into going after them, and how your institution
supports you in that journey. But here is what matters: (ring of a bell) Location, the reason for which you’ll be exposed to a
lot of opportunities. Very, very important. I cannot stress enough how location is one of
the key things to consider when deciding which university or college you want to go to. Here are two reasons why: 1. Opportunities for
employment and growth. An institution in a big city, or in close proximity to downtown will offer more opportunities for employment and growth, than say, an institution in a small town, or an hour away from the city. A school that offers you countless number of networking opportunities should always be on top of your list. In downtown, which is the
busiest area of the city, you’ll be exposed to a lot of
businesses and organizations, as well as off-campus events, which will allow you to participate in a lot of networking opportunities. Having a great network actually helps you land that job that you’re working towards. So be sure to place close attention to the environment and surroundings of your institution, in
order to make the most out of your educational experience. Check out the blog in the description, where I share more tips on the factors that help
you make the right choice for your institution. Next up, select your program. Pretty simple and straight forward. What program are you passionate about? Take a free online career test. The link is in the description. Let me know in the comments what program came up for yours. Answer questions based
on your preferences, passions, and interests. Here’s a list of the most common majors that students tend to usually take. Its hard to get jobs in specific niches. If your program is very
specific, it gets a bit tough. A business always needs a sales person, but may not always need an engineer. So if you’re pursuing in niche program, you need to make sure
that you put in the work to make the right connections, in order to land a job
right away after graduation. So make sure you find
the right career options that best suits your profile. And if you’re going after a niche program, props to you if you can make it. Take that challenge,
and prove people wrong. Third up, terms your need to know. Most people get confused on what’s a post-secondary institution, because that’s all over CIC
and any immigration website. Here is what it is: Post-secondary institutions
are colleges and universities. That’s it. Second, DLI’s, Designated
Learning Institutions. This one’s actually pretty simple. Any institution that can
enroll international students has to be a DLI. If your institution is not a DLI, you cannot apply as an
international student to that institution. If you need a study permit
or acceptance letter, It must be from a DLI. If it isn’t, they will
refuse your application. In the description, I have
attached a link for you to all the designated learning
institutions in Canada. Another thing that you need to understand is the difference between
undergraduate programs, postgraduate programs, college diplomas, advanced college diplomas,
and other certificate courses. So, the college system in Canada provides more hands-on
technical experience through their programs. They offer one-year graduate
certificate programs, two-years college diplomas, or a three-year advanced college diploma. And you get a bachelor’s degree once you finish your program, after studying for three to
four years with a university. And after you complete
your undergraduate studies, you go on to your postgraduate studies, which is usually a master’s degree, and is a two-year program. Then there is fall,
winter, and spring intakes. These represent the time you
actually start your program. So, Fall semesters usually
start in September. Spring semesters usually start in May, and Winter semesters start in January. The most important thing you need to know is the deadlines for those intakes, and your eligibility requirements. I personally recommend
that you always apply for fall semesters, that way you just don’t come into
the cold season of Canada, which is during January. The deadlines for the fall intake usually range from
February 1st to April 1st. My next video will
actually cover in detail how to find deadlines
for your institution’s application process. So let’s say you’re trying
to apply for a fall intake in September 2020, you need to have all your documents organized
by December of 2019 and apply within February or April of 2020 and by the end of May or
June you should be applying for your visa to Canada. I know there’s a lot of terms
that I’m throwing at you, but to make it easier for you, I’ve attached a book of terms, it’s like a dictionary of
terms you’ll be hearing a lot throughout this process. 4th up, funds and costs. So 1st thing you take into
account is institution fees but one thing you have to make sure you take into account is living expenses. Institution fees as I
mentioned in the 1st video range from $15,000 to
$20,000 per college per year and $35,000 to $40,000
per university per year. And living expenses
actually range from $10,000 to $12,000 per year, no matter what. And living expenses include housing, food and groceries, health
insurance, transportation, as well as recreational expenses. That being said, we’re
at the end of this video. To recap it, ask yourself would you like a degree with the prestige that you might not actually enjoy, or would you like a degree which gives you the education you would like? University reputation
matters somewhat in certain context, but it never takes control of your career’s direction. And remember, you need to
make sure that you’re exposed to as many opportunities
as you can because when you right that resume,
the first thing you put is your work experience, not your school. And as I mentioned, select
the program you think you will be passionate about. Just because your family’s
telling you something doesn’t mean you have to pursue that. And what the most important
thing is selecting your program. And make sure that you
dig into your aspirations and motivations to really
know what you want to do. Check out the book of
terms that I’ve attached to the description and
make sure you check out the sample tuition
statements that’s attached below as well. And that’s it for today guys, thanks for staying tuned. If you like what I had to share, please like this video and subscribe and share with your friends to help them be aware of the choices they make. Follow and message me on
Instagram @syed_zaheed. I’ll personally respond
to every single question that you guys have. That’s it, see you guys in the next video. Ciao. (upbeat music) – So that’s actually where I live. I live on the top floor. It’s a beautiful condo. I hope you’re thinking
that’s absolute horse shit because I don’t have the
money to live there yet. But hopefully, in 2 to 3 years, that’s a beautiful building, but if I just walk 5
minutes from my place, I get to see a bunch of
restaurants, green parks, entertainment places and
all sorts of activities. (ring of of a bell) (background chatter) (train) (ring of a bell) (cheering) – So you want to make
sure that you’re picking that right neighborhood that offers you all those sort of things so that living is just a bit more fun. But now I’m going to show
you guys how the commute to downtown looks like so let’s get to it. (Bus screeching to a stop) (traffic sounds) – Eastbound (upbeat music) – And we’re downtown. Of course this is the place
for international students to get jobs and the closer this is to you, jobs are more accessible to you. One thing about shorter
bus rides that nice is that you just get to the city center faster and also you save a lot of time. You don’t want to be spending one hour sitting in a bus doing nothing. Honestly, I love downtown. It just brings so much energy into you when you see the buzz of the city. So, we’re currently at the
Byward Market of Ottawa. Basically it’s the entertainment
district of the city. Tons of restaurants, lots
of activities going on, it’s super busy area to be honest. Everyone’s just out here having fun. Having a good time. (street music) – As you can tell
already, overall downtown is just a good time. All those places are
within 15 to 20 minutes away from my place, which is amazing. But yeah, that’s it for today. In my next video I’ll be showing you guys what it kind of looks like inside the universities and colleges. So make sure to come
back and check that out in my next video. See you guys there. (Upbeat music)